For the first time in 2020, the Miami Marlins dropped a series. Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, as Jacob deGrom, a former two-time Cy Young Award winner, exited after five innings and a one-run lead, but four scoreless frames from the New York Mets’ bullpen resulted in a 4-2 series-clinching victory. The Marlins are now 7-3 overall, which still tops the NL East standings.
Pablo López, who was brilliant in his season debut against the Baltimore Orioles August 4, worked through the first two innings without damage. However, with the first three hitters reaching base safely to open the third, López coughed up two costly runs, as a fielding error from Corey Dickerson should have gotten López out of the inning allowing just a run.
Yeah. Very confusing decision. Pablo was great again today. Results would've looked similar to his 1st start if not for defense and luck...and umpiring. https://t.co/9oYBj5jItN— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 9, 2020
Jesús Aguilar’s team-leading fourth home run trimmed the deficit to one in the fifth, but the Marlins were then unable to capitalize further. Prior to Aguilar’s two-run shot, the Marlins loaded the bases in the second with one down against deGrom, but Monte Harrison’s strikeout and Jonathan Villar’s groundout to second put all scoring hopes to bed. In total, Miami left 10 men on the base paths. Villar finished a rough weekend series striking out four times in five plate appearances and Harrison struck out four times in four plate appearances, too.
According to Stathead, this is the seventh time in franchise history that multiple players have had four strikeouts in the same game.
With a travel day in store Monday, the Marlins will open a two-game weekday set beginning Tuesday night at 6:37 p.m. ET against the Blue Jays. Instead of battling them at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, COVID-19 complications have relocated Jays home games to Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York.